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PGCert Practice Education

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2022
This programme will help you to develop essential skills to successfully support learning and teaching in contemporary professional contexts. You'll have the opportunity to tailor learning to your individual environment and graduate with a recognised postgraduate qualification that allows for further study or professional recognition.
Whilst studying with us, you'll have opportunities to reflect on and showcase your practice in the workplace. This ‘real life’ aspect of the programme ensures that your studies support your continued professional development in a way that's relevant to your role and professional aspirations.
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Postgraduate Open Days

Join us for a Postgraduate Open Day where you can discuss your options and chosen course with our course leaders.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

Our PGCert Practice Education provides a valuable qualification for those who have education and/or training responsibilities in the practice setting.

The programme content is focused on learning and teaching in professional environments and is particularly suited to nursing educators, community practice supervisors and assessors. It may also benefit those in adjacent fields, including social work or allied healthcare education.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This course is outward facing and engages with contemporary issues in practice education. It draws upon the significant experience of our staff at BNU in delivering professional education and working alongside healthcare trusts.

Collaboration plays a big part in the learning and teaching strategy of this course. This way, we can showcase how best to develop professional relationships and give a broader perspective on critical issues.

Professional conversations in the form of supervisory meetings with an appropriately qualified and experienced member of the course team, will also be scheduled throughout the programme. These discussions will provide you with opportunities to tailor your studies to meet your requirements and interests.

How will I be taught and assessed?

You'll attend four full day workshops per module on this course with most activities and course engagement also being available and facilitated online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Both face-to-face workshops and the VLE will be used as a forum for you to develop working relationships with colleagues whilst considering critical issues relevant to learning, teaching and assessment in professional education.

The assignments for this course are portfolio-based and reflective, ensuring that you can draw on meaningful aspects of your practice and situate them in relation to relevant theory. Formative assessments will help you to build confidence and expertise with support.

Useful Documents

PGCert Practice Education Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Individuals with an undergraduate degree, typically 2.1 or higher, with an interest in developing a career in practice education or relevant adjacent field.

Individuals without an undergraduate degree but significant experience within an appropriate profession and evidence of being prepared for L7 study will be considered. This may include, for example, qualified nurses who entered the profession prior to the degree requirement being introduced.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Principles of teaching, learning and assessment

Critical influences on learning and teaching in the practice setting

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023


The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects? 

A postgraduate certificate is a recognised qualification that will provide you with opportunities for further study and career development. Once you complete the PGCert Practice Education you might choose to go on to study our MA Education.

You may also use the programme as a framework to support your progression to further leadership roles within your organisation.

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